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Phillip Island Nature Park

Phillip Island Nature Parks Penguin Parade Entry

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(4.6)

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  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • Only 90 minutes from Melbourne
  • Protect nature for wildlife with every visit
  • Watch penguins waddle home at sunset
  • Largest Little Penguin colony in the world
  • Wander the boardwalks in the colony after dark
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Watch Little Penguins dash across the sand at sunset with a visit to the Penguin Parade. The explore the boardwalks after dark to see, smell and hear Little Penguins in the colony returning home to their burrows, greeting neighbours and their chicks. While you’re here, make sure you keep an eye out for other local residents including Swamp Wallabies, Eastern Barred Bandicoots, Cape Barren Geese and Short-tailed Shearwaters.

Every visit to the Penguin Parade protects nature for wildlife. It means the Nature Parks rangers can revegetate and maintain Little Penguin habitat for penguins and visitors to enjoy.

You can choose from two viewing options at the Penguin Parade. Penguins Plus provides a more intimate experience with a smaller capacity and located right beside our main penguin highway from the ocean. General Viewing has excellent views of the Little Penguins waddling up the beach and into the colony.

Note

  • Due to Covid restrictions the Penguin Parade capacity is strictly limited
  • All public facing team members and visitors over 16 years old will be required to show their COVID-19 vaccination certificate or show their medical exemption

Inclusions

  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade general viewing, Penguins Plus or Underground Viewing

Exclusions

  • Transfer from Melbourne

Extras

  • Penguin Plus - VIP penguin viewing platform (Subject to availability)

Highlights

  • Watch the penguins emerge from the waves then waddle across the sand to the safety of their burrows.
  • Support conservation, education, and research projects on Phillip Island with every visit.

Time

  • Penguins arrive at sunset every night of the year. Click here for the penguin arrival time calendar to help plan your visit. We suggest you arrive one hour before penguin arrival time
  • The Visitor Centre will open at 5pm

Additional Information

  • Children under 4 years old can travel free of charge but do need a ticket to manage Penguin Parade capacity

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the tour
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
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Emily Li Rosi 5 months ago
Excellent experience, it was cold and windy when we visited, but if you rug up you will not regret visiting the penguin parade. A must-see for any animal lover while in Phillip Island. Take care to bring a face mask if you are visiting during covid restrictions.
A once-in-a-lifetime experience of the wonders of nature.
Emily Li Rosi 5 months ago

Excellent experience, it was cold and windy when we visited, but if you rug up you will not regret visiting the penguin parade. A must-see for any animal lover while in Phillip Island. Take care to bring a face mask if you are visiting during covid restrictions.

How can you have a bad experience when penguins are so cute
Amanda Kocaj 2 years ago

How can you have a bad experience when penguins are so cute! Purchasing and picking up tickets was EASY - just pick them up at the entrance. Make sure to wear WARM clothing, it gets chilly at night and the penguins didn't come out until it was very dark out. Make sure to spend some time at the boardwalk looking at the penguins they are more up close there.

Great experience
Shanil Kumar 2 years ago

Great experience. Thanks, we booked in advance. It was sold out before we arrived. Entry and parking were excellent. Penguins arrived on time. Had heaps of time viewing on the beach and up close on the boardwalk. Perfect season. Educational and nature awareness for kids. Relaxing night out while on the Island.

The booking process was simple
Saravanan Lokanathan 2 years ago

The booking process was simple, and we got our tickets from the counter easily. The booking gave us all the instruction on how to call the centre to inform them about the booking. I booked and the called immediately and the centre already had my booking. Overall the process was simple and easy to use.

We booked the Phillip Island Penguin Parade General Admission tickets
Shahnawaz Chundrigar 2 years ago

We booked the Phillip Island Penguin Parade General Admission tickets. After booking the tickets, when you reach there, they will hand over the tickets on the counter. At the entrance, it says what time you can expect to see the Penguins. We went on December, 28 and the arrival time was around 9-05 pm. It was an amazing experience to view the little Penguins coming out of the sea and walking towards their home. In summary, simple to purchase and easy to use.

The whole event is well managed within impressive facilities
Graeme Watterws 2 years ago

The whole event is well managed within impressive facilities. However, it is necessary to be there early to be assured of a good seat. Having obtained a good seat, there is then the double problem of the very confined seat becoming very uncomfortable through multiple hours of waiting while having little or no distraction from that discomfort. The best viewing, in my opinion, is not seeing the dimly lit distant view of the birds making landfall, but on departing the stands, viewing birds seeking their burrows behind the stands and beside the walkways.

It was lovely sitting on the bench while waiting for the penguins to arrive - looking at the sea and listening to the sound of the waves
Lynn Magallon 2 years ago

It was lovely sitting on the bench while waiting for the penguins to arrive - looking at the sea and listening to the sound of the waves. Seeing the penguins very close in the boardwalk was amazing! They were very cute. Facilities were great! Lots of fun too for kids at the centre.

A must-go
Xiangyi Kong 3 years ago

A must-go! Great experience. I am not sure if the plus is worth the extra cost, though. The cafe is really crowded and the waiting time can be long. Please do bring thick clothing to keep yourself and kids warm. a few cups of hot chocolate can be helpful.

Was very nice
Kannan Nagappan 3 years ago

Was very nice. But had chosen the corners for viewing. The front centre place was hidden by peoples who were standing and kneeling and watching. Nice weather. Be sure to bring a jacket due to the cold wind. Better to be there at least 2 hours before. You can relax in the shopping area.

Amazing to see so many little penguins
Velda Carey 3 years ago

Amazing to see so many little penguins! They are so cute. There weren't as many on this second trip as we saw last time we came (Oct 2015), but this was expected due to the time of year. What a wonderful job the park rangers do here to keep the penguins in their natural habitat as much as possible. Thank you!

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Claire Jinnette Phillip Island Nature Parks

Witness the natural spectacle of the world’s smallest penguins arriving home at sunset each evening on Phillip Island. Watch as they emerge from the waves and waddle across the sand to the safety of their burrows. .

Spend some time on the boardwalks after the penguins have arrived to get some up close views of the penguins near their burrows.
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